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The Office of Diversity & Inclusion would like to extend invitation for staff and faculty to attend the upcoming DEI & Racial Equity Workshops.   It is vital to our campus climate that we continue to promote reflection, dialogue, and learning for all members of the institution.  As outlined in our racial equity strategic plan, one of our priorities as a college is to increase institutional capacity and to encourage individuals to utilize their enhanced awareness and knowledge in their roles and in their work.

Please consider registering for the following workshops:

LGBTQ+ 101 & Effective Ally-ship

Wednesday, October 27, 3:00-5:00 pm, Grupp Fireside Lounge

Presenter:  Emily Bystrak, MPH, Engagement and Education Coordinator for the Pride Center of WNY

This interactive presentation will provide an introduction to sexual orientation and gender identity, along with information on what it means to be LGBTQ+.  The session will also address how to be an effective ally for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty.  The Pride Center of Western New York, Inc. works with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ+ people to live, work, and establish their families.  Please Register HERE  by Friday, October 22.

Witness to Injustice/KAIROS Blanket Exercise  

Monday, November 29, 2021,  time TBA in collaboration with the ALANA Student Center

Presenters:  Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and Facilitators from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

A 2.5 hour interactive program that utilizes meaningful quotes and visual representations of history to foster truth, understanding, and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  The Witness to Injustice Blanket Exercise will deepen one’s understanding of the European colonization of Turtle Island, the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood, and the acquisition of land (many times illegal) throughout U.S. history past and present. 


COLI believes there are ample opportunities to link course content, the Canisius mission, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These lessons are what make Canisius a special place for our students, as members of the campus community and as future leaders. We plan to attend these events!